Cat Travel & Relocation
It’s not just dogs that are a man’s best friend – cats are too! Cats make fantastic companions and we relocate hundreds of cats to new homes across the world each year. Now, we know that cats can be extremely fussy, so we make our travel options and services flexible to suit each individual feline friend!
Relocating your cat can be a worrying and stressful experience but our team of pet travel experts will be on hand every step of the way to help and reassure you. We have a 24 hour contact line and we are always here to answer your questions.
The Most Important Cat Travel Lesson
Cats are naturally territorial animals. While your feline friend may be nothing but placid and caring when in your home (its own territory) outside your home things can be rather different. Each of the cats in your neighbourhood will have its territory which it will protect. There is seldom much of an overlap though tom cats may have a territory that overlaps with a number of females.
It is critical to understand this concept when considering travelling with your cat because any cat taken out of its home territory is likely to feel initially uncomfortable. This for the simple reason that there is a risk your cat has ventured into another’s territory – which could lead to retribution.
Whilst your cat will be securely and safely housed within a travel carrier the reality is that some cat owners still find that their feline friend does not enjoy travel in the same way as a dog might. Rather than a potentially exciting adventure cats generally view travel as a trial to be overcome.
As a result anything that you can do to make the process more comfortable for your cat will be beneficial.
Cat Travel Carriers
For the safety of your cat it is normal to transport cats within a secure travel carrier. For overland cat travel these can be purchased from many pet shops. However if you are considering international cat travel then you will need to meet a number of requirements set down by the airlines.
To make your life easier PBS Pet Travel can supply airline-approved cat carriers. In such a way you can be certain that your carrier is suitable and will be accepted when relocating overseas.
To make travelling in a cat carrier as pleasant as possible it is critical that you allow your cat time to adjust and familiarize itself with the carrier before being confined for long periods of time. It is therefore recommended that you purchase your carrier in plenty of time and allow your cat time to explore it and get familiar.
It can helpful to leave the door of the carrier open at home so that your cat can explore the interior. Placing some comfy bedding inside (such as an old unwanted jumper) and some favourite cat treats are likely to coax your cat inside and see their environment as a positive one.
Tips for Cat Travel
Even if you are relocating abroad you may well have to travel with your cat in the car some distance. Alternatively of course many cat owners that PBS deal with opt to use our dedicated pet courier service. In such a case your feline friend will be collected by one of our caring (and pet-owning) team, who will transport your pet in one of our air-conditioned pet taxis.
For those who opt to transport their cat by road themselves there are a number of rules that should be remembered:
The Primary Concern is Comfort
Your first and most important concern throughout the journey should be the safety and comfort of your cat. That means doing everything you can to make the journey as pain-free for your pet as possible.
Consider, for example, adding your cat’s favourite blanket and a few familiar toys to the carrier. When combined with a carrier that your cat has had time to adjust to this should help your cat to feel safe and secure within its carrier.
To avoid the risk of escape or harm coming to your cat you should aim to keep them confined for the journey. The last thing you want is your cat getting free and making a dash for the nearest road.
Secure Your Cat’s Travel Container
Of course it isn’t enough to use a cat carrier; this should also be secured to prevent it sliding about while driving. A good idea can be to secure the carrier with an available seatbelt. In addition consider modifying your driving if possible to accelerate and decelerate more gently thus making for a smoother ride for your cat.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
At home your cat is free to regulate its own temperature; you’ve no doubt found your feline friend curled up near a radiator or in the sunshine in the past. Within the confines of a vehicle however this behaviour is not possible so you must do what you can to keep your cat at a comfortable temperature.
As necessary use your car heater or air conditioning to maintain a suitable temperature. Additionally on particularly hot or cold days try to avoid parking up and leaving your cat in the car while you do some errands.
Be Mindful of Feeding
Cats are typically sensitive animals, so cat travel can lead to upset stomachs in some circumstances. Most pet travel experts therefore recommend not feeding your cat shortly before travel; try to leave at least a few hours before food and travel to minimize the odds of discomfort for your cat.
Check Water Regularly
Like any other animal cats need to stay hydrated. If you are travelling by car try to stop regularly so you can provide fresh water for your pet. If you are travelling by plane then follow the guidance of the airline in question or your pet relocation expert.
If PBS Pet Travel are transporting your cat then we will ensure that your pet is suitably hydrated and arrives at his or her destination in perfect health.
If travelling internationally it is common to require some form of identification; most often micro chipping. Even when travelling within the UK however it can be beneficial to fit your cat with a collar and your contact details. In this way even if your cat manages to “give you the slip” you stand a better chance of recovering your feline friend.